At least for one weekend, former Manitoba champion Karen Porritt adopted a Russ Howard role with her team.
It was an immediate success.
Like Howard, who called the shots and threw second rocks for Canada's Brad Gushue when he won Olympic gold, Porritt dropped to second and called the game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts city zone playdowns.
With Janice Blair throwing skip rocks, the Fort Rouge foursome defeated Assiniboine Memorial's Michelle Montford 10-4 at the Fort Garry Curling Club yesterday to earn a trip to the provincials in Neepawa, Feb. 4-8.
"We've been changing it (lineup) all weekend because I've been struggling," Porritt said. "It's different. I mean, I had never played second, ever. Janice threw the last rock and she was throwing real good, so I don't know what we'll do in Neepawa."
Porritt returns to the provincials after a two year absence.
"It feels good to get back," said Porritt, who lost both the A and B finals in 2006.
Other city zone winners yesterday were Fort Rouge's Holly Scott, Assiniboine Memorial's Janet Harvey and Rossmere's Angela Wickman.
Like Porritt, Scott will return following a two-year absence making such an impressive debut in Thompson in 2006.
"I feel much better," said Scott, who defeated Deer Lodge's Allison Anderson 9-2. "It's been a long two years.
"My goals are a lot higher than they were the first time when our goal was to win one game. We ended up winning three, maybe four ... We had a good run, but hopefully we'll get a playoff spot this year or maybe even better."
Brandon's Maureen Bonar, Morden's Chelsea Carey, Thompson's Charlene Norquay and La Salle's Chris Scalena were among those who won rural zones.